Introduction

Although the Vivo X7 has an easy to remove battery, it is extremely difficult to open the phone, thus earning the phone a 6 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

  1. Front and back reference shots.
    • Front and back reference shots.

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  2. Extremely stiff clips keep the phone closed, even after removing the two T2 Torx screws.
    • Extremely stiff clips keep the phone closed, even after removing the two T2 Torx screws.

    • Use of metal tools may be required, which could damage the device during opening.

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    • View of the inside.

    • The only component in the rear case is a modular vibrator.

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    • Battery tabs are very handily labeled!

    • And very effective!

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    • Removing the speaker assembly from the daughterboard is simple enough, screws and light adhesive.

    • This foam tape appears to be a moisture barrier. Annoying for reassembly, but might protect against water damage.

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    • Daughterboard has significant adhesive. Headphone jack and charging port are soldered to the board, making for more expensive replacements of either component.

    • Under the daughterboard, home button bracket and home button come out easily.

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    • First layer of components off the top end of the phone is a ton of brackets.

      • The interconnect cables could be removed at this point as well.

    • Only the front facing camera and SIM eject lever are removable before the motherboard.

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    • Motherboard removed, only secured by screws.

    • Proximity sensor/flash blocks the rear camera connector and must first be removed.

    • Rear camera last thing off the main board.

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    • Final components off of the display are the interconnect cables and earpiece speaker.

    • The midframe-mounted fused display makes for an expensive part. The fact that it is the last part to be removed makes screen replacements time-intensive.

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    • The Vivo X7 earns a 6 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

      • Battery is fairly easily accessible and removable.

      • Parts could be more modular, especially mechanical/high wear components.

      • The opening procedure is extremely tough, clips are very stiff and likely to be broken.

      • The single unit display assembly is annoying to reach, and will be a costly part.

      • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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